Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours:
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tricia Boruta
  • Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

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Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Location: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Notes: M-F 9:30am-8:30pm, Sat 9:30-3:30 ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 81823Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom June 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$350.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 82047OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 82048OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMaleFrom June 13, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
Free
Day Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 82309CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$175.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 87024InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 87026InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 83233OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 11, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Free
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 87034InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 87036InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$10.00
Volleyball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 83613OpenSports - Volleyball21 and upCoedFrom June 11, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm
Free
Volleyball -Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 83616OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 12, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Free
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 87028InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 87031InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 92227OpenSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 60CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 92226OpenSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 60CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$10.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 92375Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13MaleFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$200.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 92238Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15MaleFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$200.00
Chair Exercise at Taylor-Lauridsen 92557InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Free
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 92861InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 110644InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Taylor-Lauridsen 111539InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Taylor-Lauridsen 94294InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor-Lauridsen 111536InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 94485OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 1:30pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 94486OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Free
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 94707InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 110645InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 95427Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7:30pm
$200.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 95426Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15FemaleFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 7:30pm
$200.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 110641InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$12.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 110643InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$12.00

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Description

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609 2
Fieldhouse 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609 0
Fitness Centers 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609 1 M-F 9:30am-8:30pm, Sat 9:30-3:30 ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609 1
Gymnasiums 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609 1
Meeting/Event Space 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609 2
Playgrounds 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609 0
Water Spray Features 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609 1
The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.